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An idea of reincarnation

vasamsi jirnani yatha vihaya navani grhnati naro parani tatha sarirani vihaya jirnany anyani samyati navani dehi   (As a person puts on new garments, giving up old ones, the soul similarly accepts new material bodies, giving up the old and useless ones.)                                                                                   - Bhagavad Gita 2.22 Is reincarnation true? Didn’t you just read the sloka? Yes, but I am not devoid of doubts. Do you know who the father of our nation is? What! The father of the nation. Though I am quite sure you heard me the first time. Why? Gandhi of course! As you know, Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated some six decades ago, and still we deal with a lot of Gandhi material on a daily basis. There are umpteen number of roads, public parks, colleges, libraries all named after him. Then there are some who live on through what they stood for their whole lives. Our former president APJ Abdul Kalam was a torchbeare

His Story of Virtualia

( This took place in Virtualia. ) “Good morning, sir!” shouted the students of class 6A as their class teacher announced himself at the front door of the classroom the exact moment when the minute hand of the wall clock touched 12, leaving the hour hand behind at 9. With a wave of hand, he acknowledged their greetings and asked them to be seated. The class teacher also taught them history. The way he dressed seemed to suggest that he himself had come from the past. “Does anyone of you remember where we had stopped our discussion yesterday?” “Yesterday was a holiday, sir.” “Yesterday means the last working day, smarty.” “We had stopped at the thirteenth chapter, sir. The turn of the millennia, and the beginning of chaos.” “Aah, very well. Let us pick it up from there. Thirteen, did you say? Like the number, the time period under question is widely considered as an unlucky phase of the history of our nation. As you might already know, Virtualia was at the zeni